Author: Seattle Area Archivists

AKCHO: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month & Fight Asian Hate

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Use your personal and organizational platforms to amplify the voices of AAPI folks speaking now, and those who have built King County into what it is today. Check out the programs and resources below to get started:

• Facing the Mountain Book Launch Event | May 11, 5:00pm. Join Densho for the official launch of Facing the Mountain, a new book about WWII Japanese American incarceration and the 442nd RCT by Daniel James Brown, NYT bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat.
Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival | June 6-7. The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) proudly presents Pagdiriwang, commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Independence.
Stop AAPI Hate | Resource center. Report hate crimes, read reports and statistics, and print out Stop AAPI Hate signs for your institution.
We Hereby Refuse Book Release | May 18. This new graphic novel co-published by the Wing Luke Museum about the complex realities of being Japanese American during World War II presents an original vision of America’s past with disturbing links to the American present.
Seattle Asian Art Museum Reopening | May 28. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is reopening with limited capacity to members May 7 and to the public on May 28.

Looking for more? Share these articles about unique pieces of local AAPI history:

• A History of Go: The Impact of Korean American Players upon Seattle’s Go Playing Community, Korean American Historical Society.
Hawaiian Music and its Historic Seattle Connection, HistoryLink.
Filipino Americans and the Making of Seattle’s Dr. Jose P. Rizal Bridge and Park, Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project, University of Washington.
Lao Highland Community Center opens in Southeast Seattle on May 14, 2005, HistoryLink.
(More) Stories of Little Saigon: past, present, and future, Friends of Little Sàigòn.
Ruby Chow (1920-2008), HistoryLink.

REMINDER: Steering Committee Nominations Close Friday, April 30

Don’t forget to nominate yourself or another for a position on the 2021-2023 SeaAA Steering Committee. Nominations close Friday, April 30.

 All 5 positions are up for election right now:

– Chair
– Vice-Chair
– Treasurer
– Secretary
– Member-at-Large

This really means if you have ideas on how SeArch could be improved now is the time to shape it into what you really want. The current committee will remain available along the way to answer questions or to give advice. Whatever you need to make SeArch great going into a post-pandemic world we’re here to help. But we need more nominations; we need you and your brilliant minds!

To nominate yourself or another, please email us your name, a brief bio, and if you like, a beautiful selfie. It’s a great opportunity and really is a lot of fun. As always, let us know if you have any questions, and we hope to see your names on the ballot soon! seattle.area.archivists@gmail.com

Job Opening: Project Manager, NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant

OVERVIEW:    Working alongside the Senior Librarian, the Project Manager is responsible for implementing the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant: Digitizing, Preserving, and Providing Access to the Seattle Art Museum’s Historic Video Collection. The SAM Libraries’ Historic Video Collection is located in the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library at the Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) downtown location. It contains approximately 3,500 physical and digital video assets produced by, about, or related to SAM. The Project Manager will oversee digitization, preservation, and long-term storage of the assets. They will provide online, public access to these materials and work to create a long-term migration plan. This position requires familiarity with video formats and digitization techniques, and an ability to work successfully with cross-departmental groups and vendors to achieve the grant outcomes. This is a three-year temporary full-time position that concludes in June of 2024.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MAY 14, 2021

SAM is dedicated to racial equity and strives for employees, volunteers, and interns who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. SAM prioritizes racial equity in the workplace because we know that people of color are the most impacted when it comes to inequities. We are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field as we strive to be inclusive and equitable. SAM is responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and our strategic plan goals address the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society.

FLSA STATUS:    Non-exempt        

REPORTS TO:     Senior Librarian

COMPENSATION:     $22 hourly; 35 hour work-week; full benefits

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Work and manage relationship with outside digitization vendors and experts
  2. Manage and organize digital assets, including checking for duplicates, establishing the master copy, preservation copy, and access copy for each asset
  3. Manage and organize physical items in the collection, including implementing preservation practices
  4. Implement metadata standards for the collection, complete construction of and implement thesaurus terms
  5. Work with SAM IT team on storage, project-specific DAM, and online portal implementation
  6. Ingest and catalogue preservation, master, and access copies into designated storage systems
  7. Digitize optical disk formats
  8. Edit access copies to create the best possible viewing experience
  9. Work with SAM legal team and Fair Use specialist to develop Fair Use program
  10. Promote and publicize collection, including coordinating screenings of select materials at SAM and other venues
  11. Document all workflows, processes, and policies

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  1. MLIS, MSIM or equivalent combination of education/experience required.
  2. Familiarity with A/V formats and digitization techniques required.
  3. Experience successfully organizing and managing large amounts of information.
  4. A demonstrated passion for A/V digitization and preservation desired.
  5. Experience creating and implementing metadata schemas desired.
  6. Experience working with DAM systems desired.
  7. Experience using Adobe Premiere desired.
  8. Experience creating, implementing, and/or utilizing thesauri desired.
  9. Ability to work in both PC and Mac environments.
  10. Ability to work with and manage relationships with outside vendors and experts.
  11. Ability to work successfully with multiple staff members to create project-specific DAM, online portal, marketing initiatives, and organize screening events.
  12. Excellent written and oral communication skills; able to communicate effectively and project a professional image when giving and taking information in writing, in person, and over the phone.
  13. Demonstrated expertise and proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and the internet.  
  14. Able to work independently and in a team setting; ability to self-motivate.
  15. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  16. Able to take initiative, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  17. Excellent time-management, problem-solving, and problem-prevention skills. 
  18. Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail.
  19. Ability to work with co-workers, vendors, and volunteers professionally and tactfully.
  20. Ability to adhere to Museum policies and to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Work areas are inside, in a climate-controlled environment with light to moderate background noise.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Sitting/Standing/Walking:  Approximately 80% of time is spent seated while working at a desk. Balance of time (approximately 20%) is spent standing or moving around the work area.

Speaking/Hearing:  Clear diction and acute hearing are necessary for effective communication with donors, members, the public, and co-workers.

Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling:  The ability to lift and carry up to twenty (20) pounds is necessary for working with a collection of 3,500 physical assets. This may include transporting physical formats to and from vendors. Moving physical assets within the Bullitt Library will also be essential.

Vision:  Corrected vision close to 20/20 is necessary to effectively use the computer screens.

Stooping/Kneeling:  The ability to stoop and kneel is necessary for accessing files.

Reaching/Handling:  Good manual dexterity is necessary for computer keyboard use and for retrieving and working with appropriate paperwork, equipment, and supplies.

Centering equity, diversity, and inclusion as an organization, and as individuals, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. SAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. .  

To request reasonable accommodations for the application or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at (206)654-3188 or HR@seattleartmuseum.org

More details: https://seattleartmuseum.applytojob.com/apply/rhaFC4nkB4/Project-Manager-NEH-Humanities-Collections-And-Reference-Resources-Grant

Deadline: May 14, 2021

To our wonderful SeaAA members:

We wanted to put out a reminder that there are two weeks left (nominations close on April 30) to put your names on the ballot for the upcoming 2021-2023 steering committee elections!

To be honest, this is a plea to those of you who are considering it but haven’t yet submitted to please do so. We have received very few nominations and we would hate to see this transition result in a half full committee. Worse, if we don’t receive enough nominations we may find ourselves forced to dissolve Seattle Area Archivists. Without a new group of wonderfully talented and committed people such as yourselves, the future of Seattle Area Archivists is uncertain.This has been a tough year for everyone. We understand that people may be more hesitant to put themselves out there for something like this. But let’s be optimistic! With the vaccine rolling out and more and more things going back to “normal” we think this new committee would have the potential to do a lot of fun things! This will be a completely new committee; all 5 positions are up for election right now:

– Chair
– Vice-Chair
– Treasurer
– Secretary
– Member-at-Large

This really means if you have ideas on how SeArch could be improved now is the time to shape it into what you really want. The current committee will remain available along the way to answer questions or to give advice. Whatever you need to make SeArch great going into a post-pandemic world we’re here to help. But we need more nominations; we need you and your brilliant minds!

Four Reasons to Serve on the SeArch Steering Committee

  • It’s fun! Meeting other professionals (and making friends!), putting on exciting events, planning tours, going behind the scenes of amazing places, and so much more!
  • It’s a fantastic networking opportunity! You’ll be in an excellent position to connect with dozens of local archives and information organizations. 
  • It looks great on a resume! This is a great way to dip your toe into professional service without the stress and overwhelming size of larger organizations like SAA.
  • The time commitment is low! Current steering committee members spend 8 hours a month or less dedicated to SeArch activities. This may increase slightly when life returns to normal, but the cadence with which SeArch events occur is up to YOU, the future steering committee!

TLDR

So please, if you’re considering putting your name in the hat and haven’t yet, email us your name, a brief bio, and if you like, a beautiful selfie. It’s a great opportunity and really is a lot of fun. As always, let us know if you have any questions, and we hope to see your names on the ballot soon!

Sincerely, 

Your (outgoing) Steering Committee

seattle.area.archivists@gmail.com